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- Werewolf (1996) purports to be a skinwalker, instead of "the white man's werewolf." No, it's the white man's werewolf, complete with silver bullets.
- Same as the film Skinwalker (2006).
- Beorn, in The Hobbit, is a "skin-changer" who dislikes (most) dwarfs, but hates orcs/goblins. As a man, he can be reasoned with, but not as a bear.
- Part of the Navajo cultural background of some of Tony Hillerman's Leaphorn and Chee mysteries, particularly the novel Skinwalkers.
- The protagonist of the Jane Yellowrock series is a skinwalker of Cherokee descent. The first book is, appropriately enough, called Skinwalker.
- The Dresden Files
- A skinwalker appears in the novel Turn Coat. It mentions the classic version, the human witch, but also mentions the entities which teach them the trade: quasi-divine beings that grow more powerful the more they are feared and have an innate ability to know how to cause the maximum suffering in their victims. Gets into a Crazy Awesome Shapeshifter Showdown with Listens-to-Wind (who kicks its ass in a manner most righteous) at the end of the book. The book also presents an alternate method of killing a skinwalker, forcing it back to where it came from: point-blank nuclear annihilation.
- The TV Show also had a Skinwalker — which literally stole skins to assume its new forms.
- Cold Days revealed that there are at least six more skinwalkers currently imprisoned on the uppermost level of the supernatural jail under the Demonreach island — and that whatever else is imprisoned below them is even worse.
- Skin Game has Goodman Grey, who is part-skinwalker (apparently on his father's side). Unlike the one seen in ''Turn Coat', Grey is at least trying to be a decent person, as is shown by his helping Dresden to break into the underworld for the massive sum of one dollar.
- Mentioned, but never seen, in the Mercy Thompson novels. They are evil shamans who wear the skin of an animal to assume its form, and spread disease and death.
- A mutant at Superhero School Whateley Academy in the Whateley Universe has this power, only he can move his consciousness into an animal and take it over. He can do the same to any person he sees. He even uses the codename 'Skinwalker'. His dormmates had to devise a protocol to keep him from doing this to any of them.
- Two skinwalkers are the primary antagonists for the fourth book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. The protagonist is tricked into dealing with them by Coyote, who doesn't want to risk dealing with them himself in case he fails and they get hold of his skin.
- Featured as the main antagonists in Preston and Child's Thunderhead. However, it ends up being a case of Doing In the Wizard as the skinwalkers gain their powers from creative use of poison and drugs.
- The Invisible Library features one of those, but doesn't use the name. However, since he actually skins his victims, and uses their skin as disguise, there's little else one could call that ...
- An early episode of The X-Files called Shapes features a Native American werewolf which, during its transformation, sheds its skin in a snake-like manner. Had the episode been made today it seems likely that the monster would be called a skinwalker, but the writer instead called the beast a Manitou. This is a case of Sadly Mythtaken, as a Manitou is a class of Algonquin nature spirit, while the episode treats the term as referring specifically to a lycanthrope.
- An episode of Smallville has another Wolf-shifter named after these creatures, but...yeah. Not really.
- Lost Tapes devotes an episode to it, and it is both chilling and surprisingly accurate to the legend.
- Skinwalkers are brought up in True Blood among the "Shifters" who can change into animals they have touched. True Blood skinwalkers are shifters who have killed an immediate family member. From then on, they can take on the appearance of other people, but using this ability more than a few times is invariably fatal.
- Skinwalkers also show up on Supernatural as people who can turn into various dogs and can be killed by silver.
- Haven has a Serial Killer known as the Bolt Gun Killer, who has the ability to wear other people's skins after killing them and then transform into that person. The main characters suspect that the Native American legends of the Skinwalker may have been based on the Bolt Gun Killer's ancestors, as Trouble abilities are hereditary.
- Pathfinder has an undead creature called an "Ecorché'', named after a drawing of a skinless person. They're able to steal a persons skin and wear it to look like them.
- Savage Worlds has a horror campaign, Skinwalker based on this mythology
- In BattleTech fiction, there's the 17th Recon Regiment, formed from planets settled by people from Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. One sociopathic 'Mech pilot, Bobby Begay, named his giant robot "Skinwalker" after this myth, much to the disgust of the rest of the regiment—it's so overtly and intentionally offensive they consider it the equal of a pilot from a Christian denomination naming their 'Mech "Baby-Eating Satan Worshipper."
- They appear briefly in Bad Moon Rising, being exterminated by Hunter Madsion and Born-Werewolf Chloe.
- Mentioned by name in a story in The Wanderer's Library.
- When a werewolf-like alien appears on a reservation in Ben 10, the "Yendaloshi" is mentioned repeatedly.